Jim Kelly Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabila Guide

Jim Kelly

Date of Birth: 2/14/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Jim Kelly was a terrific quarterback in both the USFL and NFL. He helped lead the small-market Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, all of his Super Bowl appearances were losses for the Bills and, despite Kelly's stellar career, his mainstream reputation is mostly associated with those losses. Kelly was named to four Pro Bowls over his 11 NFL seasons and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. To this day, Jim Kelly cards remain popular among collectors.

Although he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Therefore, Kelly's first rookie card was included in the 1984 Topps USFL set. This remains one of the top Jim Kelly cards. Due to it's lower production run and the roster of players included, collectors have shown great interest in the product. Joining Kelly in the USFL set were fellow rookies Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Reggie White. Kelly made his NFL card debut in 1987 Topps Football after joining the Bills, who retained his NFL rights.

Jim Kelly is a typical name included in the "greatest to never win a Super Bowl" discussion. Because of this perceived failure, Kelly has limited hobby value, despite his Hall of Fame production. The University of Miami alumnus is not even the top option from the 1983 NFL Draft, falling in behind John Elway and Dan Marino, another great player that was unable to claim a Super Bowl win. Although he was a great player and is revered in the Buffalo area, Kelly is not a player to invest in expecting sizable gains. Despite this, Jim Kelly cards make a great addition to any football collection and should maintain solid value over time.

Jim Kelly Rookie Card Checklist

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly RC #36

Technically not a true NFL rookie card, the 1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly is still the top option for collectors. The patriotic-themed card shows an action shot of Kelly and sheds light on an interesting time in the history of football when top talent still joined the NFL's competition. This will always be considered one of the best Jim Kelly cards.

1987 Topps Jim Kelly RC #362

1987 Topps Football showcases Kelly's first official NFL rookie card and features a simple design. The card can be found online for as little as just a few bucks and as much as $20-30 for one in mint condition.

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2015 Panini Clear Vision Jerseys #CJ-JK Jim Kelly 99 Buffalo Bills Card 5e4
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2005 Donruss Classics Classic Singles Jerseys Memorabilia #CS-11 Jim Kelly 0d4
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2013 SPx Shadow Box #SH-JK Jim Kelly Miami Hurricanes Football Card 2b2
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2012 Topps Chrome Rookie 1987 Reprint 362 Jim Kelly PSA 9 Mint
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2011 PANINI LIMITED JIM KELLY GAME-WORN MATERIAL 99 99
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1988 TOPPS #221 JIM KELLY LOT OF 74 MINT F49041
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2004 Leaf Limited Bound by Round #BR-28 Drew Bledsoe Jim Kelly 50 Card 3x2
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2005 Leaf Limited Hawaii Trade Conference #121 Jim Kelly 25 Buffalo Bills d4s
$12.25

2002 Fleer Showcase #JIKE Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Football Card d4s
$15.00

2014 Panini Elite Throwback Threads Prime 9 Jim Kelly 49 Buffalo Bills Card 1u9
$11.74

JIM KELLY 2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JERSEY AUTO #010 250;BILLS;HOF
$51.00

2011 Upper Deck #50 Jim Kelly - 50 count lot of cards NM-MT
$25.49

1987 Topps #72 - Jim Kelly - American UK - RC Rookie Card - PSA 10 Gem Mint
$220.50

2004 Fleer Greats Glory of their Time Jim Kelly Jersey Card (B9) Buffalo Bills
$16.99

JIM KELLY 2001 Donruss Classics Hash Marks # HM-2 Buffalo Bills HOF
$20.00

1988 Fleer Team Action #3 Bills Jim Kelly PSA 10 GEM MINT HOF *pop 2*
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Autograph Guide

Jim Kelly Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Kelly's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jim Kelly Cut Signature Exemplar



Jim Kelly Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Kelly signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Jim Kelly Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated plane of about 15 degrees.
  2. The letter "J" is legible and pronounced, no other letters of the first name are present.
  3. The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is roughly of equal size to the "J."
  4. The "K" contains two lines, the first is slightly curved with a small curl at the top; the second creates a small loop and forms the up and down strokes of the "K."
  5. The letter's "e-l-l" look nearly identical, as small cursive "e"'s with open loops.
  6. The letter "y" is implied by the down stroke off of the second ""l" and a small line to the left.
  7. The last name is "underlined" with a fish hook shaped line.

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BUFFALO BILLS JIM KELLY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CUSTOM BLUE JERSEY FRAMED W JSA COA
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JIM KELLY MIAMI HURRICANES SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA COA W39213 HALL OF FAME!
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Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Autographed Signed Full Size Replica Helmet JSA COA
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Jim Kelly Miami Hurricanes Autographed Signed Full Size Replica Helmet JSA COA
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1988 Topps Jim Kelly #221 HOF Signed Autograph PSA DNA
$36.00

JIM KELLY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BUFFALO BILLS 8X10 PHOTO Psa Dna Certified
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JIM KELLY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BUFFALO BILLS 8X10 PHOTO JSA Certified
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Jim Kelly Signed NFL Official Duke Football Buffalo Bills JSA COA
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Jim Kelly Signed Autographed 16x20 Photo Buffalo Bills JSA COA
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JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPHED MINI HELMET #4 BUFFALO BILLS SIGNED TWICE JSA CERTIFIED
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Jim Kelly Signed Autographed Jersey Number Buffalo Bills Framed 16x20 PSA DNA
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Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills Autographed Signed Mini Helmet JSA COA
$89.99

Jim Kelly Steve Young Signed 8x11 Magazine Page Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11801
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JIM KELLY SIGNED CUSTOM BUFFALO BILLS BLUE JERSEY JSA WITNESSED
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JIM KELLY SIGNED CUSTOM BUFFALO BILLS WHITE JERSEY JSA WITNESSED
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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  1. I have a ’92 hologram sky box Jim Kelly.
    I can’t find it to price it,like a lot of my cards.
    Any help would be appreciated. Ty

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